Margarita Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes · Dessert on April 16, 2012

Margarita Cupcakes are slightly tangy and a lot sweet and the perfect way to complement any festive celebrations! There is no need to decide if you want a lemon or lime margarita because these Margarita Cupcakes have both flavors! A lemon cupcake is topped with lime buttercream and garnished with the peels of a lemon and a lime. If you love cupcakes that are bursting with flavor, try my Cherry Limeade Cupcakes!

Margarita Cupcakes Recipe

I don’t know if you can see it… but I actually rolled the edge of the cupcake is sparkling sugar to mimic salt.  I don’t want to name names, but a certain man I live with may or may not have been fooled into thinking it was actually salt.


  • 1 box lemon cake
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tequila

If you notice the list of ingredients, you might realize it is not exactly like the recipe on the box. I used the dry mix and finished making the batter my way, not forgetting the tequila, of course!

How to Make Margarita Cupcakes

First, fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full of the lemon cake batter. Bake the cupcakes for 18 minutes at 350°F. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the lime buttercream. Let the cupcakes cool on a wire rack before you pipe on the buttercream. Finally, don’t forget to add the salt. Like I said, not everyone will be fooled (or pleased) if you just add the sanding sugar! Garnish with the peels of a lemon and a lime to really make an impression.

Lime Buttercream
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
28 mins

Margarita Cupcakes are slightly tangy and a lot sweet and the perfect way to complement any festive celebrations!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lime Buttercream
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 -5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk or half and half
  1. In a mixer, blend butter, lime zest (make sure it is a very fine grate if you are piping out the frosting), vanilla, and salt until fully combined. Add in the confectioners' sugar one cup at a time, alternating with lime juice. If you need more liquid, add the milk or half and half to reach your desired consistency.



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  • Melissa // thefauxmartha says:

    Oh my goodness, they turned out beautifully! Love the sparkled sugar edging.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks you!! Are you blogging yours soon? I bet your recipe is amazing!

      • Melissa // thefauxmartha says:

        I think I’ll post in a couple weeks. I’m stocking up posts in preparation for my sisters wedding and our move this summer. We’ll see how long my productivity lasts. Love your recipe! After eating ours last night, I think it needs more lime. I’m taking notes from you!

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots says:

    Yummy! 🙂 That way I can have a margarita while pregnant! ;-D

    • Amanda says:

      Ha! I like the way you think!

      • Michelle says:

        No kidding! Smart smart woman!

  • TidyMom says:

    oh Amanda I LOVE these!…..and the sugar “salt” rim is GREAT! haha

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks girl!

  • Maria says:

    Sign me up! Love these cupcakes!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you Maria!

  • kim says:

    to coin a phrase- “you are a sweet genius!” love this idea!

    • Amanda says:

      lol oh dear, that is funny! Thanks girl. 🙂

      • kim says:

        you’re welcome! 🙂

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Lime? Lime!! I want to taste these!!!!

    • Amanda says:

      I wish I could bring you one! 🙂

  • Kathryn says:

    That ‘salt’ rim idea is just inspired! Love the flavour combination and the mix of sweet and salty.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Kathryn!!

  • Nicole {Sweet Peony} says:

    Oooh I love these, Amanda! The little sugared “salt” rim is too cute! I looove Margarita Cupcakes & I’ll have to try them with lemon cupcake base like you… I bet they taste fantastic! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Nicole!

  • Emily (New York) says:

    Woahhh – these sound (and look!) fantastic! The sugared ‘rim’ is so fun and I looove the whole margarita theme (of course!) Thanks for sharing these – I will DEFINITELY be making these someday soon

    • Amanda says:

      Be sure to let me know what you think! Happy day to you girl!

  • SamCyn says:

    I’m liking this a lot! I’m sure it would go over well at a dinner party 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      lol great idea! 🙂

  • Alexandra says:

    These cupcakes are right up my alley!! Gotta love a good margarita in any form!

    • Amanda says:

      lol Agreed! 🙂

  • Cassie says:

    I have a margarita-loving family. They will flip over these. Just gorgeous, Amanda!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks girl! Hope your day is blessed!

  • Manu CatMan says:

    absolutly fabulous!!! luv them… thanks!!!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Yeah buddy! Cupcakes and booze!! Love the sparkling sugar to mimic salt! 🙂

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  • naomi says:

    These are beautiful! Love the sculpting of them .

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    These are so snazzy! Great job!

  • Beki Cook's Cakes says:

    I love how high you made the icing. They sound yummy!

  • Topkatnz says:

    Very cool idea:)

  • Katira says:

    These look wonderful! What a fun and playful idea, especially the “salted rim.” I love Margaritas, and will definitely give these a try this summer.

  • Paula says:

    Yes, you can see the *salt* rim. Great idea and a great looking cupcake. I’m sure your tequila loving neighbour is now a confirmed margarita cupcake lover.

  • Francine says:

    Can you show us how you piped the mile-high frosting? I’d love to do a presentation like this in chocolate for my chocoholic friend’s birthday. Thanks!

  • Jenny says:

    These are PERFECT for the Cinco de Mayo party we’re planning!!!

  • Stephanie (Ellie's Bites) says:

    I will take one dozen, strait up!!! Love them! (I think I WILL use actual salt for my husbands, though, lol!)

  • Mary says:

    These look so bright and fresh. Beautifully decorated! Would you be kind enough to share what tip you used to decorate these cupcakes? Thanks

    • Amanda says:

      Yes! I used a 2D tip from Wilton. Be blessed!